Connect to Windows® 7 Printer from Windows® XP
What are the techniques to connect a a printer attached to a Windows 7 system to a Windows XP system? Mention the precautions that are to be followed.
You may be using a USB connected printer with the Windows XP system. Now, if you are going to use a new Windows 7, you may need to get a printer for the new system also. The Windows XP system allows sharing its printer with the Windows 7 system through some simple steps. Thus, you can make the printer work with a number of systems. But, there are some points to be noted before connecting a printer attached to the Windows 7 system with the Windows XP system. The most important point to be noted is to check for the driver. The Windows 7 system needs to be installed with compatible printer drivers to work with the new printer shared from Windows XP.
Here are some notes on connecting a printer attached to Windows 7 system with the Windows XP system:
- Ensure printer sharing
- Adjust network settings
- Add a printer
Ensure printer sharing
Before connecting the printer, you need to ensure the printer on the Windows XP system has been shared. This can be ensured by right-clicking on the 'Printer' icon and then selecting the 'Sharing' option. You need to then click the 'Sharing' tab of 'Printer Properties' box and select the 'Share This Printer' radio button. Here, you can give the printer a name. The printer name should not contain more than 8 characters and no symbols are allowed.
Adjust network settings
The next step is to adjust the network settings. You need to access the 'Control Panel' of the system from the 'Start' menu and then click the 'Network and Internet' option. Under the 'Network and Sharing Center', you can click on the 'View network computers and devices' link. You can then see the name of Windows XP system in the list of systems. You can double-click on the name of Windows XP system and can see the shared printer in the list. You can then right-click the printer and select the 'Connect' option and see the Windows 7 connecting to printer automatically.
Sometimes, the printer may not be added automatically. In such situations, you need to access the 'Device and Printer' option from the 'Start' menu first. You need to then click the 'Add a Printer' link. Select the 'Add a Local Printer' option. You need to then click the 'Create a new port' option and then select the local port from the list. You need to type the path to shared printer in Port name box and get the printer connected.
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